Cost of living in Burundi

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Food Price in FBu
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 BIF
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 BIF
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 BIF
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 BIF
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 BIF
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 BIF
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 BIF
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 BIF
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 BIF
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 BIF
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 BIF
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 BIF
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 BIF
1.5 kg Sugar 10 BIF
2 liter cooking oil 20 BIF
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 BIF
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 BIF
1 liter milk 8.50 BIF
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 BIF
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 BIF
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 BIF
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 BIF
House Cleaning fee per day 105 BIF
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 BIF
Original branded Electric Fans 200 BIF
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 BIF
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 BIF
Single bed Blankets 120 BIF
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 BIF
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 BIF
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 BIF
Men's haircut 40 BIF
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 BIF
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 BIF
1 month of gym subscription. 105 BIF
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 BIF
Unisex Loris perfume 30 BIF
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 BIF
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 BIF
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 BIF
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 BIF
Go carting 30mins 120 BIF
Movie House 3d cinema 30 BIF
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 BIF
Photo shoot 120 BIF
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 BIF
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 BIF
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 BIF
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 BIF
Spalding Basketball 200 BIF
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 BIF
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 BIF
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 BIF
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 BIF
1 day rent a car cost 140 BIF
Driver’s license 2300 BIF
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 BIF
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 BIF
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 BIF
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 BIF
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 BIF
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 BIF

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Here you can find an updated travel guide and how it is to live in Burundi. We have made the task to decide where to study easy for you by dedicating this guide for your information on the cost of living here!

The Overview

The cost of living here is moderately low. Renting in the city here, costs around $120USD. Utility amount to half of that besides other costs such as food, clothing, transportation, leisure is again about $100USD per month. This adds up to a total average of a $300USD budget, which can be greatly reduced by other decisions such as cooking than buying ready-made food. The average budget in USD in Burundi is: 

  • $300USD per month for a single person
  • $500USD per month for a couple;
  • $800USD per month for a family with two children will do.

Consult all the information to know how much it would cost you to live in Burundi whether you are traveling, living, working, vacationing, or just curious. Below, we have made the complete list of data based on the cost of a wide variety of products, goods, and services.

Here you can find an updated travel guide and how it is to live in Burundi.


The average price for an international brand of wear will cost about USD$20, a quality international brand of shoes USD$40, belts, and other essentials $30USD. Burundi textiles are one of the best in Africa and you will be able to find quality wear at affordable prices!


We understand the importance of connectivity to students and therefore have set this subsection to brief you on what to expect in Burundi. The cost is high for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff, and data costs.

The average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$50, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.25 per minute relatively affordable compared to some countries.

Groceries and food

The cost is low for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals, and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages in Burundi. The average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.99, coke (330ml) USD$0.87, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.89, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$35.00.


Cost is low for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase, and maintenance.

The average price over the last year for the highest available octane petrol /gasoline (1 liter) is USD$1.00, while the benchmark car purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 liters) is USD$1800.

Health Care

Cost is average for consulting a doctor in a public institution that will cost about $50USD and for a private doctor can vary between $60 to $100USD depending on the city.

There are student medical aids that are accepted by various institutions in Burundi. It is advised to check with your offer letter on what procedures need to be followed on health insurance!

Monthly Budget

Those interested in simple living should budget between $300 or less monthly. Generally, this budget allows for bus rides and the occasional taxi, big trips to the marketplace, and a few restaurant meals each month.

While you can choose to live in relative luxury, employing full-time housekeepers, commuting by car, enjoying exquisite homes, and consuming imported goods such as lifestyles can easily amount to $800 or more monthly